Category Archives: 2023

Wednesday Wisdom: How to Get Booked for Gigs

We kick off our Wednesday Wisdom series with Jeannie Jones. Jeannie is an award-winning journalist, media personality, actress, producer, director and brand architect. Jeannie’s Los Angeles-based multimedia firm, Ready Set Impact, specializes in music, film, and radio production; publishing; social media marketing, branding, and casting.

Jeannie is no stranger to the live music scene, and she dropped by here today to offer some insights on how you can book more shows, more often.


Booking a gig is always an exciting moment. The anticipation of an upcoming live performance is a huge motivator to finish songs and prepare to perform. There’s nothing more exhilarating than the in-the-moment feeling of playing live music. 

Now that venues are reopened after being paralyzed by the 2020 pandemic, promoters and managers are eager to work with talent that’s prepared to perform. That’s why you need a plan to book your next (or first) gig. After all, it’s your chance to be heard by fresh ears in a live environment.

Let’s look at a handful of tactics you can employ to book a gig, get on a great bill, and get invited back. 

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UMC20: The Best of January 2023

Last day of the month! Last Tuesday of the month!

Last chance to hit you with the Best of January!

We have a growing multitude of reasons to be excited about 2023 here at UMC. Certainly, the strong musical opening statement provided by you, the independent artists of planet Earth, is among them.

Let’s keep up the good work, y’all! In the meantime, dive into some memorable tracks from throughout the month.

Hear the Best of January

Participants Revealed for Feb. 15 ‘Succeeding as a Black Entrepreneur in the Music Industry’ Virtual Panel

Last week, we announced that we’ll be hosting a free virtual panel in commemoration of Black History Month, titled Succeeding as a Black Entrepreneur in the Music Industry, on Wednesday, February 15 at 6 p.m. CT. This special event will give multi-disciplinary music industry veterans a chance to share their experiences navigating the industry as a Black creative, the challenges they’ve encountered and overcome, and the lessons they have learned along the way.

Today, we’re back with the official panelist announcement!

Meet the Panelists

Sunday Replay: Relationships, Australian Myths, and The Office

We’re showing off our range with these Sunday Replay clips from our Official Podcast, The Quinn Spinn.

In these clips, find out:

  • The value of having a supportive relationship partner.
  • Whether Australia is real.
  • If The Office is actually funny.

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Songs You Should Hear: Musicians in Limbo!

Hold it right there!

Did you know that you can support Underground Music Collective, any time of year? By making a tax-deductible donation to UMC via The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, you ensure that we can keep sharing songs and stories from independent creatives everywhere, for years to come. Click here to get started!

Anyway, onto this week’s Songs You Should Hear…

Hear What You Should

Like a Phoenix: Fyre Byrd’s Journey from Australia to Nashville

The incredible story of Fyre Byrd begins in Australia. This brother-sister duo — who make “loud, angry music for emotional people” — came to the U.S. in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and were met with early challenges that tested their limits and led them to a place of deeper understanding.

It also led them to newfound creative inspiration, which can be heard on their first two U.S. singles, “Happy Thoughts” and “Godless.” We discuss the music and their shared journey, and answer everyone’s burning questions about Australia.

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Save the Date: Virtual Panel to Commemorate Black History Month Feb. 15

This year, we’ll be educating the masses with a series of roundtable panel discussions featuring music industry veterans, who will share their experiences and perspectives for the benefit of those navigating their own creative journeys.

The first of these discussions will take place online next month — and it’s free to tune in!

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Learn from Industry Experts with UMC’s New ‘Wednesday Wisdom’ Series!

Here at Underground Music Collective, we’re all about empowering our community to better navigate the music industry. We believe in sharing the perspectives of those who have been there, done it, and brought back the souvenirs of knowledge, ready to be shared with all who seek to learn.

That’s why we are thrilled to announce our new Wednesday Wisdom series. This weekly series will feature guest contributions and insights from music industry professionals, as they give you the tools you need to succeed on your creative journey.

Meet our Experts!

UMC20: (Mostly) New Faces Week (Jan. 24, 2023)

Looks like we get a bonus UMC20 this month, with January having five Tuesdays and all.

So, we’re using this opportunity to spread our wings a bit, bringing you a lot of first-timers to the UMC ecosystem mixed in with some returning friends with brand-new songs.

We’ll be back next Tuesday with the Best of January, and for certain, a few of these will make the cut. Till then, revel in the splendors of this week’s compilation.

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